Is there anything more frustrating in life, then when you do something for all the right reasons and them some “FRICKIN PUD” questions your motives? As far as Your Old Pal New York Vinnie is concerned, there are not too many things that make my blood boil quicker than that. However New York Vinnie has been around long enough to realize that what ever you do, there is going to be some nit-wit out there that will question your motives. That is most likely, because those “PUDS” have never done a thing to help anybody but themselves.
New York Vinnie has always been competitive and I admire that quality in others, but there are times you have to step back from the situation and question what makes the most sense in the grand scheme of things. The older you get, the more you realize that the big picture matters a lot more than individual glory, or at least it should if you catch New York Vinnie’s Drift.
The career of an NBA player goes by in a heart-beat, one second you are that fresh-faced rookie and the next you are a grizzled veteran. It has to be mind-blowing for these guys to start the second half of their life in their mid-thirties, for those who invested the right way, they can just kick back for the rest of their life.
When a guy is 19-22-years-old, he is filled with hope and optimism and thinks he can take on the world. However when a basketball player reaches his early thirties, he knows his time is running out before he has to hang up his high-tops for good. Everybody loves money, but it won’t buy you an NBA Championship ring; unless you get it at a Pawn Store.
Veteran forward Andrei Kirilenko opted-out of a player option with the Minnesota Timberwolves for this next season, that would have paid the outside-shooting specialist $10.2 million for the year. Instead he signed a two-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets for $3.8 million for the next two-seasons. Immediately the “TV Pretty Boys” started talking up a possible conspiracy between AK-47 and Nets owner Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov. They most likely have visions of a castle sitting outside of Moscow, stocked to the hilt with caviar and vodka.
The “New York Daily News,” reported Thursday that the former All-Star, said all this conspiracy talk is nothing but a bunch of “FRICKIN CRAPPOLA” and he is kind of amused by it. The veteran told reporters “I can’t do anything with what people think. I’m coming from the facts. I can’t change it. I can’t control it. … Those type of rumors I can’t control. And I guess it comes from the history because of the Russian KGB. It makes it a little funny. What can I do?”
Kirilenko then explained to the media his motivation behind signing the deal. He said “”I understand the money is not that great, it’s not what I could have made. But if you take a look at the situation, I’m not sure if 10 years ago I would have taken this. But right now, it’s really the best option possible; to take a legit chance to win the trophy. I’m not saying we’re going to win it. It’s going to take a lot of work. But it’s a great chance and it’s the first time in my career where I’m basically starting the season when I know we have a chance to win the whole thing.”
Here are the cold hard facts; AK-47 could have been one of the best players on a bad team, or choose to be a backup on a team that has a real possibility of making and winning the NBA Finals next June. As far as New York Vinnie is concerned, if you truly love the game, you go for the ring and not the Benjamins.